Head coach Mike McCarthy had some good news and some bad news during his typical Monday afternoon day-after-game press conference.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings who was hurt in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings has a bruised hand.
"I don't see him having an issue moving forward, getting ready for San Diego," said McCarthy referring to the Packers next game on Nov. 6.
At the other end of the spectrum is rookie running back Alex Green who sustained a season-ending knee injury. McCarthy couldn't speak to the specifics of the knee injury but said surgery will take place.
"Any time you have these type of injuries, there's usually a seven to ten day period where they let the knee settle down," said McCarthy. "Surgery will take place, but as far as the details of it, we won't know until after."
If and when the Packers place Green on injured reserve will be a wait and see game. They waited several weeks to make the same move official with safety Nick Collins earlier this year after he suffered a neck injury in Week 2.
Candidates to take his place could be practice squad running back Brandon Saine or Dimitri Nance who was with the Packers most of last season and during training camp this year before being cut.
The Packers went several weeks without Green on the gameday active roster, so it's a possibility they could decide they don't need another running back as well. McCarthy said he'll continue to visit with general manager Ted Thompson to go through all possibilities.
In other injury news, cornerback Sam Shields was cleared by doctors today, meaning he'll be back for the Packers next game.
McCarthy also said offensive lineman Chad Clifton and defensive lineman Mike Neal were making progress but didn't elaborate.
The Packers now enter their bye week. They are reviewing film today, but when that's over, will be allowed to leave Green Bay.
McCarthy said the original plan was to keep the team together through Tuesday, but based upon their success, they earned the extra day off.
The team will reconvene on Sunday when they will begin preparation for the Chargers in Week 9.
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